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Thames Valley Police warn about driving under the influence

As you toast to a new year think about how you're getting home.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 11:32am 31st December 2019. (Updated at 11:37am 31st December 2019) 2-minute read.

Thames Valley Police warn about driving under the influence

Buckinghamshire's emergency services are running a joint campaign with the County Council. 

Operation Holly is a national campaign targeting people driving under the influence. 

New Years Eve is known for its celebrations but people are being asked to plan their journey home ahead of time. 

The message from TVP is not to drive at all if you have had alcohol or recreational drugs, and even some medical ones. 

This is because they impair a drivers senses, and increase the likelihood of getting into a crash or serious incident.

PC Liz Johnson has this message:

"We would advocate you don't drink anything if you are driving. You're three times more likely to crash if you've consumed any alcohol. 

"If you're taking recreational drugs then do not drive at all. The government have set the drug drive limit so low that it is literally trace amounts."

It isn't just the journey home at the end of the night that they are worried about. 

'The Morning After' is a huge danger because alcohol and drugs take time to get out of someones system.

Depending on how much someone has consumed they may still be over the limit the next morning.

Their website has a tool which asks people to enter what they have drunk on a night out, before providing them with a safe to drive time scale.

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